Francis Bacon's Owls, 1956, is currently on display at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery as the exhibition ‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting' travels north from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The free entry public exhibition features over 50 works celebrating the strength of British painting. Displayed alongside Bacon, are fellow major 20th-century artists including Walter Sickert, Lucian Freud, LS Lowry, and contemporary painters including John Keane, Ken Currie Paula Rego and George Shaw.
'Uncompromising and direct, the work of each artist represented retains a strong reference to the real world, ‘the stuff of life’. The artists tackle a diverse range of subjects, referencing the body, relationships, history, politics, war, the urban environment and social issues. Despite these different references, the works are all united by two things: the harsh realities that have concerned key British artists over the decades, and the simple act of painting.' - Walker Art Gallery
This exhibition is curated by artist Chris Stevens, and organised by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich. For further information please visit the exhibition site, the Walker Art Gallery will also be running tours, further information on these can be found here. ‘REALITY: Modern & Contemporary British Painting' 10 July – 29 November 2015 Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, L3 8EL Word ref: Walker Art Gallery website. Please note all details including names, dates and featured works, opening days/hours are subject to change, for all confirmation please contact the Walker Art Gallery. REALITY previously displayed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, covered in an earlier blog post.